Missions - Local Missions

God gives each of us gifts and talents to be used to build up the body of Christ that we may express God's love and grace to a hurting world.  Review some of our church's opportunities listed below.  Call the contact person to join in this adventure of growing in Christ, growing together as a church body, and getting to see God at work in our midst. If you cannot decide, call Ruth Demby and she will help you!

PROMISING FUTURES SUMMER CAMP
July 21 - 25: Journey with our Promising Futures children as they learn how God gives us joy on our journey no matter our circumstances. 

We need volunteers for:
Music: We're starting each morning with upbeat Happiness songs along with some songs of lament!
Recreation: We're looking for some youth experienced in leading recreation.
Bible Messages: We're looking for those who can act the parts from the Bible Messages.
Praying in Color: Using the Kid's Edition of Sybil MacBeth's book, we will help children to express prayers with crayons or markers.
Arts and Crafts: Help as the children Paint bowls for the Food Bank's Empty Bowl Luncheon.
Shepherds: Ultimately the Lord is our shepherd but all kids need someone to guide them during camp. Call Janice Hale (770) 842-9604 for more information and to volunteer.

PACK THE BUS

Donate new school supplies for our Promising Futures students throughout July! Bins are located around the church.
Contact Ruth Demby at ruth.demby@gmail.com for more information.

ELEMENTARY
- Crayola Crayons 24pk  
- Crayola Markers 8pk 
- Crayola Color Pencils 12pk
- #2 Pencils (pre-sharpened) 12pk 
- Spiral Notebook (One Subject)
- Pink Pear erasers 3pk
- Glue Stick (1 per person) 
- Scissors 
- Notebook Paper (Wide & College Ruled)
- Dry Erase Markers (4 color set)
- Sharpie Markers (Black) 
- Graphing paper (50 sheets)
- Pencil Pouches
- Pocket Folders with prongs
  (blue, yellow, orange, red, and green)
- Index cards 3x5

MIDDLE AND HIGH
- Binders ( 3-ringed 1', 2', and 3')
- Dividers
- Pencils (lead, regular #2)
- Erasers
- Paper (college and wide ruled)
- Spiral notebooks
- Compass notebooks
- Highlighters
- Index cards
- Markers or crayons

CLOTHES DRIVE FOR STUDENTS
Have your children outgrown their clothing and shoes? Would you then consider donating your children's gently used clothing and shoes to the Hispanic ministry? Summer can be a difficult time for many Hispanic families in our community. They struggle to stay ahead with the extra expenses of childcare and additional grocery bills. This year we are asking our First Baptist families to please consider supporting our clothing drive throughout the month of July. We are in need of clothing and shoes for all seasons for babies, elementary and middle school children.
Drop off your donation in the bins located throughout the church marked clothing drive or in the old fellowship hall (next to the angler's class). Please share this information with your friends and family!
''You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.''  2 Corinthians 9:11
- Alina Y. Carbonell, Hispanic Pastor Cell: 678-315-9974 or email givehope5@gmail.com 

READ ALOUD PROGRAM
At the Norwood Apartments
Reading Sessions - Mondays June 16 - July 28 at 10:00am
Join a team of volunteers who will help parents read aloud to their children for 15 minutes a day. Call Monica Ramirez at 515-657-0603 if you would like to help!



From June until October, drop off fresh produce at First Baptist Church on Sundays from 8:30am until 12:30pm in the 'Sow More, Grow More' bins) located in the Sanctuary Vestibule and near the South Portico entrance). The produce will be washed, sorted, and delivered to the Community Food Pantry located at 615 Oak Street on Tuesday mornings. You can also help by making a financial contribution. Just make your check out to First Baptist Church and designate 'Community Food Pantry' in the 'for' line. This money will be used to purchase additional food as needed. Email sowmoregrowmore@gmail.com for more information!

Ongoing Opportunities

Men's Prison Ministry
3rd Saturday of each month from 6:45am - 8:30am
Join us as we visit the Hall County Correctional Institution (HCCI)! Pastor Larry Arnold from Eagle's Nest Ministry leads Bible study and our men help mentor. Contact Jimmy McGowan at jcm@sterileworks.com or 678-485-1942 to get involved!

Women's Prison Ministry
Betty Brown and Cathy Bowers are involved in prison ministry with women at the local jail and Alto Women's Prison. Contact Cathy at cathydougbowers@bellsouth.net to learn more about how to minister to these local women!

Promising Futures After-School Program
Tuesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm 
We have adopted a low income apartment complex a mile from our church. Each Tuesday afternoon volunteers drive buses to pick up the children (ages Pre-K-Middle School) and bring them back to the Family Life Center. We provide recreation, art, gardening, cooking and other life skills education, as well as a Bible Message and 50 minutes of one-on-one tutoring. This is truly a time to express God's love and to receive God's love as we see God at work in these loving children. Call Janice Hale to join in, 678-963-0567.

Community Food Pantry
Serve on a team that bags and gives out food to those referred by churches.  Several times a year our church members serve 3-hour shifts from 11:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday or Friday to bag and distribute the food at the office in the Foundation Building on Oak Street. We also help with two Food Drives at our church during Lent and Advent.  Please call Judy Barrett to see how you can be involved in this needed ministry, 770-536-3328.

Estes-Dozier Missions Group
Join this group that meets for mission's education, support, and activities. There is so much that our church members and our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are doing locally and around the globe. We meet on the second Monday of every month during the school year from 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. This is a great way to be informed and involved in God's mission. Contact Ruth Demby if you are interested, 770-534-7354.

The Bridge Ministry
Each Sunday afternoon our church member, Clint Anderson, and others from different area churches reach out to homeless folk who live near the I-985 Gainesville exit. They provide an outdoor worship service, a meal, and support for this population. Call Clint if you want to experience ministry outside the walls of the church and beyond our normal social spheres, 770-337-0038.

English as a Second Language and Citizenship Classes 
These classes have been two of the most rewarding mission ministries at First Baptist for decades. Through classes held Sunday morning, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday evening, adults from countless different countries have learned English and have equipped themselves to take the test necessary to become a citizen of our country. Training is available for teachers and the rewards are immense. Contact: Evelyn Perry (770) 534-0509